Archinect - News 2015-06-30T10:42:21-04:00 Starchitect Trio: The Men Behind Germany's Building Debacles Orhan Ayyüce 2013-06-17T16:43:00-04:00 >2014-01-20T15:10:59-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SPIEGEL: Mr. de Meuron, Mr. von Gerkan and Mr. Ingenhoven, architecture's reputation in this country is worse than ever. How much of the blame do you bear?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Stuttgart's train station, Hamburg's concert house and Berlin's airport: Three projects in Germany are currently competing to be seen as the country's most disastrous. SPIEGEL spoke to the star architects behind the construction sites.</p> Our questions are critical.... Nam Henderson 2011-04-13T23:13:04-04:00 >2011-05-10T22:48:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gerkan: This idea of only wanting to work for private individuals is absurd. In a country like China, where does private end and where does government-owned begin? Private citizens turn out to be aligned with the government, or a private developer obtains government financing for his building. For architects like us, this is almost impossible to figure out. Many of those who criticize us are building the five-hundredth high-rise building in China and claim to have integrity. This is a fallacy.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Within two days of&nbsp; the opening of the first exhibition at the newly renovated National Museum of China,&nbsp; Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was arrested at the Beijing airport. Der Spiegel recently spoke with&nbsp; Meinhard von Gerkan of the renowned architecture firm gmp in Hamburg, who designed the renovations. Their discussion focuses on the morality of building in modern China. Particularly for a project wherein the government is patron and the site is as historic and politicized as&nbsp; Tiananmen Square.</p>